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The Haves’ Children are Healthier than the Have Nots’
New York Times | 12/25/11
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Don’t Sweat It
Education Next | Fall 2006
In California, elementary schools with more students from low-income families have lower scores on a statewide test of physical fitness. Some blame inequalities in the availability of physical education resources. In 2006, Bob Cullen wrote about how different schools were using (and not using) physical education to address the obesity epidemic.
Ed Next also published a study, “Not Your Father’s PE,” that found that increasing the amount of required physical education time did not result in increased rates of physical activity.
An Ed Next video, “Accountability Comes to Physical Education,” looked at how one high school is using a nontraditional approach to physical education to boost physical activity.